Aaron Eckhart Joins ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ as the President of the United States

Gerard Butler stars as a former Secret Service agent who springs into action when terrorists attack the White House.

Aaron Eckhart becomes the President in Olympus Has Fallen
Aaron Eckhart becomes the President in Olympus Has Fallen
Aaron Eckhart has joined the cast of director Antoine Fuqua's action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen for Millennium Entertainment.

The story centers on a former Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) who tries to save the White House after terrorists attack the presidential residence. The plot has been described as Die Hard in the White House. Aaron Eckhart is playing the President of the United States (will anyone believe a white man can be president?).

Newcomers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt wrote the screenplay. Gerard Butler will produce alongside his manager, Alan Siegel, and Millennium president Mark Gill. Trevor Short and Avi Lerner are executive producing.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in September. This project is not to be confused with Sony's White House Down, another action-thriller centering on an attack at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Guess what? They still have a black president. So, which one will you see?

Olympus Has Fallen was released March 22nd, 2013 and stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Finley Jacobsen, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Sources: Variety

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  1. the Narrator

    @skywise - It would appear so, my friend. Such a shame.

    @dan1 - ah, I see it now. I knew what sp*c was, I just didn't see it within the word "sp*ce" in that particular context. Stupid MW filter. :P

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  2. Dan

    @narrator Has the word "sp*c" in it, derogatory towards hispanic people. At least that's my theory why it's censored. Funny.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  3. soccerkid10

    Aaron is going to be a great addition to this cast.

    3 years agoby @soccerkid10Flag

  4. K.Guy

    "The plot has been described as Die Hard in the White House."

    That's what Roland said!!

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  5. ejk1

    I lost all interest when I saw that Gerard Butler was attached.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. skywise

    I know right? Maybe some people dont want a little sp*ce in their life

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. the Narrator

    Lol @skywise. Did you try to say "sp*ce"? Why would that be censored?

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. JasonKat

    yea i know and i think thats a bad idea. unless they can make it 'work" to where it doesnt look cheesy.

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  9. skywise

    I will give to Fuqua though he can take a pretty generic idea and really sp*ce it up.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. TheDude1

    @jasonkat Roland Emmerich wanted Will Smith for the ID4 sequels and to play the President in at least one of them.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  11. JasonKat

    First charlie sheen as The President, & now Arron. lol wasnt it long ago when they wanted will smith as the president too?. Why not put
    richard simmons as the president too. lol

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  12. TheDude1

    Aaron Eckhart is a great actor and this should be a good movie. But of course the crappy Roland Emmerich movie will be much more successful.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  13. skywise

    sounds a little generic

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  14. the Narrator

    The title of the film sounds awesome and Eckhart is an underrated talent, so I quickly clicked the article... and was disappointed by the actual premise of the film. And no offense to Gallagher, but I'm with @dan1 - the black/white president jokes were unnecessary; they could have at least been funny.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  15. Dan

    The white/black president jokes sucked.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  16. Pjwolsker

    Id rather see this version of the White House getting taken over then the Channing Tatum one

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

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